Evangelical Protestants raise their hands while singing gospel songs during the "Jesus March" in Sao Paulo on Saturday.
SAO PAULO, Brazil (AP) -- Hundreds of thousands of evangelical Protestants marched Saturday in South America's largest city, illustrating their growing power in the world's largest Roman Catholic country.
Evangelical leaders who organized Brazil's 12th annual "March for Jesus" said it attracted 2 million people, but initial estimates by authorities put the crowd count at about 700,000.
Singing, smiling and dancing amid floats featuring gospel stars and preachers, the marchers walked kilometers to a park for an open air concert with 29 bands, shutting down traffic in a wide swath of northern Sao Paulo. Some wore orange-and-blue face paint, giving the event an atmosphere similar to Brazil's world famous Carnival.
"This is to declare our love of Jesus, and how he's changed our lives," said Vera Elias, a 49-year-old business event organizer who converted from Catholicism 22 years ago after...
"Charles V soon realized that he needed the alliance of the princes of Germany to withstand the Frankish/Ottoman compact. Some of the princes were followers of Luther. Thus, an uneasy concession of military and political expediency, afforded the Lutherans religious toleration for the season. This first Edict of Speyer would last for 3 years. However, in 1529 Charles V, strong enough to withstand any threat from outside, determined to rescind the Diet of Speyer. In yet another Diet of Speyer, the agreement of religious toleration was rescinded and the Edict of Worms, making all of Lutherâs followers outlaws, was once again enforced. It was to this second edict of Speyer that a coalition of German princes drew up a strong protest against the emperor of Germany. Those signatories were labeled as âProtestants.â They stood their ground against the King, not unlike the early apostles, and risked everything that they might be free to worship the Lord and preach freely the gospel of Jesus Christ. It is a pity that so many confessing evangelicals are willing to disparage the name âProtestantâ as though it were of shameful heritage. What is lost in our day is a grounding in both history and perhaps the gospel itself." please read the full article my friend, www.cwrc-rz.org/veritas.htm
Protestant missionaries should just try to get the Catholics in Catholic countries to receive Jesus as their personal savior without encouriging them to become Protestants. They should tell the Catholics that they can remain Catholic if they disregard the unscriptural doctrines and adhere to the scriptural doctrines of the Catholic Church. It is not necessary for Catholics who have received Jesus as their personal savior to become Protestant.